At long last,collectorate to install CCTV cameras at strategic points

The district collector,Vikas Deshmukh,on Friday cleared the proposal for installation of CCTV cameras on the collectorate premises.

Written by Nisha Nambiar | Published:June 23, 2012 1:14 am

The district collector,Vikas Deshmukh,on Friday cleared the proposal for installation of CCTV cameras on the collectorate premises. Deshmukh,while speaking to Newsline,said three cameras will be installed at the entry and exit points of the collectorate and another nine would be installed once the new building is constructed.

“It was pending for a long time. I just cleared the tender today,’’ he said,adding that he had allocated Rs 10 lakh from the District Planning Development Council (DPDC) for the same.

The cameras will cover all the important locations,including common areas of the premises. The proposal was mooted two years ago after the German bakery blast. The police had advised the district administration to install CCTV cameras at important locations.

At present,only private security guards are posted at the entry and exit points and the building does not have any surveillance system to monitor movements of visitors. Around 1,000 people visit the collectorate daily. The district administration had put up the CCTV proposal to the state government last year,but it remained in limbo.

The tenders were finally called for the project and process was completed on Friday.

The administration plans to install wireless web-based high picture quality cameras across the premises.

The cameras will have night vision feature and the capacity to store recordings for at least three months.

The control room will be set up within the premises. Around 20 cameras will be installed at strategic locations and will work round-the-clock.

The offices housed in the collectorate include the district collector’s office,additional district collector’s office,the panchayat and Haveli circle offices,and more than 50 offices working under the revenue department.

Collector seeks security beef-up at CFC

Post the attack on the Sub- Divisional Officer Avinash Hadgal on Thursday by BJP activists,the officials gave a memorandum to the collector regarding the beefing up of the security in the campus.

Collector Vikas Deshmukh said he has already spoken to the police officials and asked for additional bandobast at the Citizen Facilitation Centre (CFC) especially because there is large movement of people in the months of June and July.

He added that there was huge load on the officials and he was planning to request the revenue department officials to work extra hours.

“There is a lot of work in the revenue department and I am trying to convince them to work a little longer to clear the backlog,” he said.

Meanwhile,he said that officials,who had threatened to protest against the attack on their senior,joined back on work considering the problems which will be faced by students.

“We worked as usual on Friday and there was enough rush and load today which was handled well by the CFC,’’ he said.

Meanwhile,resident deputy collector Anil Pawar said touts and lawyers were not allowed on the campus. “We are allowing only applicants to enter the campus and have started a screening process,’’ Pawar said.

Meanwhile,Hadgal said they were now being provided police protection and all officials reported for duty on Friday.

“We had a huge rush and we cleared nearly 1,400 documents,’’ Hadgal added.

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